I don’t know if I blogged about these guys last year, but I know I took pictures as I made them. So I will put some of those from last year in my blog today. Okay so here goes. Pepper Nuts, Pfeffernüss, Pape-a-Nate (phonetic Low-German). This is my grandmother’s recipe which was given to me by my uncle. I half this recipe because it is HUGE!!!!!!!!! There are hundreds of recipes out there, some use cardamom, some use different ingredients. This is by far the easiest because I know that in the small community my father grew up in, they never would have been able to get cardamom. Anise, yes which they used in chicken noodle soup, which I will be making this week. Can’t wait.
4 cups sugar
4 cups syrup; This ingredient I must explain. This is a Canadian recipe, so by syrup they mean the One and Only, Roger’s Golden Syrup. I’ve seen some recipes that use honey. Some people will substitute Lyle’s Golden syrup which you can find in a British section of a grocery store, but I don’t know if it works as well.
2 cups milk
2 cups oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pepper
2.5 drops peppermint oil
3 tsp baking powder
And as with all recipes from days gone by, the last ingredient is “enough flour to make a stiff dough.” That’s my favourite ingredient ever. What constitutes a stiff dough? How do I know if it’s stiff enough? What if I get too much flour? AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! I used approximately 10 cups in my halved recipe so for this huge recipe that would be 20 cups. I think this recipe is big enough to feed the community in which my dad grew up. Okay, on with the food making…
Let it sit overnight or several hours in the fridge.
Roll out pencil thickness snakes. I would say roll out into kindergarten pencils, the fat ones.
You will need flour on the counter for rolling out because it is quite sticky.
Put strips on cookie sheets, using a knife make small so called cuts on the rolls to break apart later on.
Bake at 350 for approx 20 minutes depending on how hard you want them. In this house we like them HARD, and I mean like rocks, because you can either suck on them or put them in your coffee to soften them. The time also depends on how thick you rolled the snakes because the bigger the snakes, the softer and longer it will take to make them rock-like. Then let them cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then take them off to cool on racks for 10 minutes or so and you can break them up to put in a container. That’s it. Easy!
|Breaking Apart the Peppernuts